In Detroit and across Michigan, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Memphis, Tennessee. We express our anger, frustration, and grief in response to the horrific death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of the police. It’s long past time for accountability from law enforcement and elected leaders for safe and just communities.
We are tired of seeing Black and brown community members abused and killed by police who have sworn to serve and protect us. We demand justice, but true justice would mean that George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Tyre Nichols would be still alive today. These senseless killings are evidence of the systemic racism which is rampant in our policing and justice system.
We know that our struggle for economic justice is impossible without racial justice. We raise our voices together in a Union and demand a seat at the table. Our Union is about building worker power and having a voice in the jurisdiction of our communities. Everyone deserves to live in a world where they don’t have to walk, run, drive, or live their life with the constant fear of being attacked.
Enough is enough. Black Lives Matter.